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Tech Mahindra to Pay $255,000 to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Lawsuit

NEW YORK - Tech Mahindra, Inc., a New York-based IT services company, will pay $255,000 to a job applicant to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency announced today.

According to the EEOC’s lawsuit, a deaf applicant provided a sign-language interpreter during an interview he had for an automation engineer position with Tech Mahindra in Rochester, New York. When Tech Mahindra realized the applicant was

February 14, 2024

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EEOC Sues Covenant Woods for Age and Disability Discrimination

ATLANTA – Covenant Woods Senior Living, LLC and BrightSpace Senior Living, LLC (together, “Covenant Woods”), which operate the Covenant Woods retirement community in Columbus, Georgia, violated federal law when they fired a 78-year-old employee from her position as a receptionist because of her age and disability, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit filed today.

According to the lawsuit, the receptionist, who was recognized as one of Covenant Woods’ employees of

February 14, 2024

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Pete’s Car Smart to Pay $145,000 to Settle EEOC Age and Disability Discrimination Suit

DALLAS – Amarillo-based dealership Pete’s Car Smart will pay $145,000 and furnish other relief to settle an age and disability discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency announced today.

According to the EEOC’s lawsuit, an employee who had been employed with Pete’s Car Smart for nearly 18 years underwent bypass heart surgery in early 2021, requiring a brief medical leave of absence. In the days leading up to her

February 14, 2024

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Hospital Housekeeping Systems to Pay $520,000 in EEOC Disability Discrimination Suit

FORT SMITH, Ark. - Hospital Housekeeping Systems, LLC (HHS), a provider of housekeeping, food and facilities support to numerous industries, based in Dripping Springs, Texas, will pay $520,000 as part of the settlement of a disability discrimination lawsuit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the agency announced today.

The EEOC charged in its suit that HHS violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) when the company began requiring employees to take the

February 14, 2024

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Paramount Healthcare Consultants to Pay $50,000 in EEOC Sex Discrimination and Retaliation Lawsuit

DALLAS – Paramount Healthcare Consultants, LLC, which operates nursing care facilities across Texas and Louisiana, will pay $50,000 to settle a sex discrimination and retaliation lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency announced today.

The EEOC’s suit was filed against both Paramount and MPD Operators Nazareth Hall, LLC, who jointly managed the Nazareth Living Care Center in El Paso, Texas. According to the lawsuit, the administrator at the El Paso facility sexually harassed a female

February 9, 2024

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Jury Awards $1.675 Million in EEOC Disability Discrimination Case Against McLane Northeast

NEW YORK – A seven-person jury in Syracuse, New York returned a verdict this afternoon to resolve a disability discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency announced today. The jury awarded $1.675 million to the discrimination victim in the case.

After a 3 ½-day trial, the jury found, following just two hours of deliberation, that McLane Northeast, a distribution company with a large facility in Baldwinsville, New York

February 8, 2024

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Walmart to Pay $30,000 to Settle EEOC Sexual Harassment Suit

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Walmart Inc., a nationwide retailer of groceries and other goods, agreed to pay $30,000 and provide other relief to settle charges of sexual harassment in a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency announced today.

According to the lawsuit, Walmart’s store in DeFuniak Springs, Florida failed to respond to complaints of sexual harassment made by a female employee who claimed a male Walmart employee made constant

February 8, 2024

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Affordable Home Furnishings to Pay $105,000 to Settle EEOC Race Discrimination Lawsuit

NEW ORLEANS – Affordable Rent-to-Own, LLC, doing business as Affordable Home Furnishings, a furniture retailer and lessor based in Louisiana, has agreed to pay a former employee $105,000 to settle a race discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency announced today.

According to the EEOC’s lawsuit, a white account manager at Affordable Home Furnishings’ Florida Boulevard store in Baton Rouge repeatedly used the word “n****r” while working with

February 8, 2024

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EEOC Sues Shane’s Rib Shack Franchisee for Sexual Harassment and Retaliation

ATLANTA – RSPS Holdings, a franchisee of the popular fast-casual barbeque restaurant, Shane’s Rib Shack, violated federal law when it subjected a teenage female employee to a hostile work environment based on her sex, then fired her in retaliation for complaining about it, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit filed today.

According to the EEOC’s suit, the female employee — who was a college freshman at the time — was

February 6, 2024

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J&M Industries to Pay $105,000 to Settle EEOC Age Discrimination Lawsuit

NEW ORLEANS – J&M Industries, Inc., a manufacturing and distribution company based in Ponchatoula, Louisiana, has agreed to pay a former employee $105,000 to settle an age discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency announced today.

According to the EEOC’s lawsuit, J&M Industries violated federal law when it fired an employee because of her age after she refused to retire when she turned 65 years old. A company

February 1, 2024

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Blackwell Security Services Will Pay $70,000 to Settle EEOC Religious Discrimination Lawsuit

CHICAGO – Blackwell Security Services, Inc. will pay $70,000 and provide other relief to settle a religious discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency announced today.

The EEOC charged in its suit that Blackwell refused to accommodate an employee’s religious practice, needlessly forcing him to choose between his religion and his livelihood. According to the EEOC’s lawsuit, the employee, who worked as a concierge in Chicago, Illinois, is

January 31, 2024

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Amrith Kaur Aakre Chosen as New Director of EEOC’s Chicago District

Amrith Kaur Aakre (second from left) poses during her swearing-in ceremony as the director of the EEOC’s Chicago District on Jan. 29, with Thomas Colclough, director of field management programs, and her parents Rajinder and Navinder Mago.

Amrith Kaur Aakre (second from left) poses during her swearing-in ceremony as the director of the EEOC’s Chicago District on Jan. 29, with Thomas Colclough, director of field management programs, and her parents Rajinder and Navinder Mago. Aakre took her oath on the Sikh holy book, the Guru Granth Sahib. (EEOC photo/Nanisa Pereles)

WASHINGTON - Amrith Kaur Aakre will serve as the new director of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) Chicago District, the federal

January 30, 2024

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EEOC’s Indianapolis District Office Is Moving

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indianapolis District Office of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is moving, the federal agency announced today. The new office continues to prioritize accessibility to the public and is located at 115 W. Washington St., South Tower Suite 600, Indianapolis, IN 46204. Telephone numbers and email addresses will remain the same.

The Indianapolis District Office is responsible for processing charges of discrimination against private, state, and local government employers in Indiana

January 29, 2024

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EEOC Encourages Victims of Sexual Harassment at Local Swami’s Restaurants to Come Forward

SAN DIEGO – The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) encourages victims of or witnesses to sexual harassment at Swami’s restaurants to come forward and report their experiences to the federal agency in connection with an EEOC lawsuit against the chain.

On May 17, 2023, the EEOC filed a lawsuit in federal court against Swami’s for sexual harassment and retaliation. The respondents include Swami’s 101 LLC dba Swami’s Café; Swami’s Vista LLC; Swami’s Carlsbad LLC

January 29, 2024

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EEOC Launches New Outreach Initiative

WASHINGTON – Today the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) launched the REACH initiative: “Enhancing OutREACH to Vulnerable Workers and Underserved Communities,” a new, multi-year effort led by Commissioner Kalpana Kotagal. The initiative focuses on ensuring EEOC’s outreach and education efforts are effectively reaching workers who often are the least likely to seek the agency’s assistance, despite their great need.

“I am delighted that Commissioner Kotagal agreed to lead this critical effort to ensure

January 29, 2024

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Library Hotel to Pay $42,000 to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Lawsuit

NEW YORK – 299 Madison Ave. LLC, doing business as Library Hotel, a luxury boutique hotel in New York City, will pay $42,000 to a former front desk employee to resolve a disability discrimination lawsuit filed pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency announced today.

According to the EEOC’s lawsuit, a guest services agent for the hotel submitted medical support for, and requested

January 25, 2024

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Medsurant Health to Pay $80,000 to Settle EEOC Sex Discrimination Lawsuit

PHILADELPHIA – Medsurant Holdings, LLC, a Pennsylvania-based healthcare services company providing intraoperative neurophysiologic monitoring services to hospitals and surgeons in several states will pay $80,000 to settle a sex discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency announced today.  

Medsurant Health’s monitoring services are performed by intraoperative neurophysiology monitorists, and according to the EEOC’s lawsuit, Medsurant paid a female monitorist less than her male coworkers for performing equal

January 23, 2024

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Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration to Pay $40,000 to Settle EEOC Sex Discrimination Lawsuit

BALTIMORE – Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOTSHA), the agency that oversees the state highways throughout Maryland, will pay $40,000 to settle an equal pay lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency announced today.

According to the EEOC’s lawsuit, for several years up to the present, MDOTSHA paid a male district community liaison (DCL) lower wages than it paid to his female counterparts, even though the male

January 23, 2024

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T.C. Wheelers to Pay $25,000 to Settle EEOC Sex Harassment Lawsuit

BUFFALO, N.Y. – T.C. Wheelers, Inc., a restaurant that operates as T.C. Wheelers Bar & Pizzeria in Tonawanda, New York, has agreed to pay $25,000 and provide other relief to settle a sex-based harassment lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency announced today.

According to the EEOC’s lawsuit, the owners and staff of the restaurant verbally harassed Quinn Gambino, a transgender man, by making crude and derogatory references to

January 22, 2024

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Trinity Health-Michigan to Pay $50,000 to Settle EEOC Religious Discrimination Lawsuit

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Trinity Health Grand Rapids, formerly known as Mercy Health St. Mary’s, a hospital and member of the Trinity Health-Michigan health system, agreed to pay $50,000 and provide other relief to settle a religious discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency announced today.

According to the EEOC’s lawsuit, Trinity Health violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by rescinding a job offer

January 19, 2024